The COST Programme (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) has approved 70 new actions and Spain is coordinating nine of them, making it second in the ranking of countries leading COST Actions after Italy, which is coordinating ten. Three of the Spanish projects are from the Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP) and two of these are being led by the IGTP. COST Actions run for four years and this round will start in the coming autumn.
At the IGTP TODAY
The 'Survival vs. Resilience' project will turn Badalona into a laboratory of art and science to anticipate the future of society
The of Fundación Épica of La Fura dels Baus Project, in collaboration with the Institut Germans Trias i Pujol and the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology will take place from 11-24 July at the old CACI factory in Badalona.
Bioimplants with extra-cellular vesicles from stem cells can improve cardiac function after an acute myocardial heart attack
Researchers from the ICREC Group (Cardiac Insufficiency and Regeneration) in cardiovascular diseases at the Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP) continue to work on therapeutic technologies to repair cardiac tissue after a heart attack. In an article published in Theranostics, they present a study of extracellular vesicles from mesenchymal stem cells combined with tissue engineering as a therapy to repair the heart after a heart attack. They have carried out the study on a porcine heart attack model at the Centre for Comparative Medicine and Bioimage (CMCiB) at the IGTP.
The IGTP and the Clinical Laboratory North Metropolitan Area are the first to publish the complete sequence of a sample of monkey pox virus
The IGTP and the Microbiology Service of the Clinical Laboratory of the North Metropolitan Area led by the researcher Elisa Martró have been the first to carry out the complete sequencing of a sample of monkey pox virus in Spain. This is a milestone in itself, but will also be fundamental for epidemiological surveillance of the infection and the study of future outbreaks as it provides a description of the genetic material of the virus.
No increased risk of diabetes type 1 for children of women treated with betamethasone during pregnancy
The Immunology of Diabetes group have published a study evaluating the effect of prenatal exposure to betamethasone on the risk of developing diabetes type 1 in the Journal of Diabetes Research.
Researchers from Germans Trias and Mateu Orfila Hospital in Menorca identify a new subtype of ataxia
The article describing the new SCA49 subtype has been published in the journal Brain Communications, and is featured as a highlight by its Editorial Board. The new ataxia subtype has been identified by studying members of one family from the island of Menorca. The finding provides a better understanding of the pathological basis of ataxia and opens the door to pre-symptomatic diagnoses and genetic counselling for people with the disorder.
New biomarkers to monitor and predict the remission phase (honeymoon) in children with type 1 diabetes
A study led by researchers from the Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP) and the Parc Tauli Hospital published in Frontiers in Immunology shows that a sample of peripheral blood can be used to identify levels of cells and molecules of the immune system that are specifically altered during the remission phase in paediatric type 1 diabetes (T1D). These can be used to monitor this phase and predict the progress of the disease.
The Hereditary Cancer Group have published a study in Cell Reports in which they describe the generation of a model system based on induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) that is able to generate human neurofibromas in mice. These tumours arise in people with the genetic disease Neurofibromatosis Type 1, a prevalent condition occurring in one in every 3,000 people. To date, a robust method for generating human neurofibromas in mice has been lacking, and the model developed opens up the possibility of testing new treatments for these tumours.
The RIGHT PLUS Network presents the results of the LAMIS study on sexual health in gay men and MSN in Latin America
The RIGHT PLUS Network has presented the executive summary of the Latin American MSM (men who have sex with men) Internet Survey (LAMIS-20218), in which 64,655 men who have sex with men in Latin America responded to a questionnaire on physical and mental health. The CEEISCAT (Centre for Epidemiological Studies of Sexually Transmitted Disease and AIDS in Catalonia), a research group at the IGTP is part of the international consortium Coalition Plus, which carried out LAMIS-18.
Air pollution does not increase the risk of getting infected but does increase the risk of getting sick from COVID-19
Long-term exposure to air pollution is associated with a higher risk of developing COVID-19 among those people who get infected, shows the COVICAT Study led by the Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal), a centre supported by the "la Caixa" Foundation, and co-led by the GCAT' Genomes for Life-Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP), Badalona. The study, published in Environment Health Perspectives, provides further evidence on the health benefits of reducing air pollution.